• WordNet 3.6
    • n Carthamus safflower
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carthamus A small genus of annual plants, natural order Compositæ. The best-known species is C. tinctorius, safflower or bastard saffron, extensively cultivated for its yellow flowers, which are employed in dyeing. See safflower.
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In literature:

Carthamus and Tobacco are cultivated, specially the latter at Meengian.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Kasumba: name of, given to the carthamus and the bixa.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Silk is usually dyed red with cochineal, or carthamus, and sometimes with Brazil wood.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton